Opening of East Tennessee's First Charter School Delayed

Knoxville (AP) -- A charter school that could have been the first in East Tennessee will not open this fall.

Officials have not agreed on a contract with the Knox County School System.

The Knoxville Academy for Young Women was slated to open August 9th, but organizers say they have run out of time.

Most of Tennessee's charter schools are in Memphis or Nashville, but so far none has opened in the eastern part of the state. Charter schools are operated by independent groups, but use taxpayer funds.

Neither side could agree on a contract.

Academy officials haven't decided if they will try to open the school next year.

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